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Cornelia Otis Skinner

  • ... mosquitoes were using my ankles as filling stations.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • All I have learned about horses is that they are beautiful overrated creatures and are all born quite insane ...

  • ... one learns to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.

  • There are compensations for growing older. One is the realization that to be sporting isn't at all necessary.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "Bonny Boating Weather," Dithers and Jitters ()
  • ... I can't see how any woman can find time to do to herself all the things that must apparently be done to make herself beautiful and, having once done them, how anyone without the strength of mind of a foreign missionary can keep up such a regime.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "The Skin-Game," Dithers and Jitters ()
  • ... Emily and I have now reached the time in life when not only do we lie about our ages, we forget what we've said they are.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • in Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay ()
  • ... I have always fallen for ads. The sweetheart of J. Walter Thompson, I have a peasant-like belief in whatever miracle they profess to effect.

  • Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • in New York Theatre Critics' Reviews ()
  • Tragedy can break the heart but not the dam of the tearducts while schmaltz can dissolve the most hardened sophisticate.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "Crying in the Dark," Bottoms Up! ()
  • We all have our little illusions about our own mental abilities.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "The Sea-Tossed Muse," Bottoms Up! ()
  • The French have no such expression as 'killing time.' In their more philosophical vocabulary the term is 'passing time,' which means savoring all moments of it each to his individual enjoyment. While we battle with time, they relax with tempo.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "It's Ridiculous," Bottoms Up! ()
  • ... the reason for the scaffolding on the tower of Saint Germain-des-Près is that a rich American has purchased it and is having it crated for shipping ...

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "It's Ridiculous," Bottoms Up! ()
  • Courtesy is fine and heaven knows we need more and more of it in a rude and frenetic world, but mechanized courtesy is as pallid as Pablum ... in fact, it isn't even courtesy.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner,
    • "Production-Line Courtesy," The Ape in Me ()
  • Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.

  • Public opinion which, to be sure, can at times be helpful, must never for an instant swerve us from what we know in our heart we are trying to convey. For honesty is the great requisite of art. If we remain honest with ourselves, art, which is always there, never lets us down.

    • Cornelia Otis Skinner

Cornelia Otis Skinner, U.S. actor, writer

(1901 - 1979)

Full name: Cornelia Caroline Otis Skinner.